South Carolina Swimming
News & Updates
May, 2021
South Carolina Swimming is proud to recognize Team Greenville's
Parker Egbert for breaking two American Records at the World Para-Swimming World Series in Lewisville, TX.

Parker's 1:02.50 swim in the 100m backstroke and 1:15.62 performance in the 100m breaststroke set new standards for the S-14 classification.

Parker's achievements have qualified him for the Olympic Trials in June in Minneapolis, MN and earned placement on Team USA's Elite 'B' team, with his 100m backstroke time less than a second away from placement on
Team USA's Elite 'A' team.

Congratulations to Parker for his accomplishments!
South Carolina Swimming's annual All-State Banquet was held on April 17th at Segra Park in Columbia. South Carolina Swimming athletes, coaches, officials and volunteers were honored for their performances over the last year. From our youngest swimmers decorated for their participation in the I.M. Tough Award program to our senior swimmers recognized for competition at the highest levels of the sport and everything in between, the last twelve months have produced amazing achievements.
All-State Banquet Slideshow
The 6th Annual Carolina Crown Swim Challenge was the most successful one yet as over 250 athletes and 12 coaches from South Carolina & North Carolina combined for the first long course meet of the season that saw fourteen meet records fall at the Fort Mill Aquatic Center.
Congratulations to the 120+ swimmers and five coaches that represented the Palmetto State!
New SCLSC State Record Holders
Hayden Penny - YSSC
13-14 Girls 400y Individual Medley - 4:16.50
Kirsti McEnroe - YSSC
15-16 Girls 100y Frestyle - :49.43

South Carolina Swimming would like to welcome new University of South Carolina Swimming & Diving Head Coach Jeff Poppell to the Palmetto State. Coach Poppell comes to Columbia after five years as the head women's coach at the University of Florida.

South Carolina Swimming is excited for the future of Gamecock Swimming & Diving and looking forward to working with Coach Poppell.
The American Swimming Coaches Association's, "Lessons from the Legends" gives coaches access to some of the great minds of the sport at all times and be able to reach those interested for future years.

This month's video features Arizona State Associate Head Coach Rachel Stratton-Mills, Stanford Associate Head Coach Tracy Slusser, Olympic Open Water Head Coach Catherine Kase and Washington State Head Coach Matt Leach as they talk about the importance of developing leadership within their programs. Listen as these coaches talk about empowering their athletes to take action and the next step to become team leaders.
Dryland can have a positive impact on every swimmer, regardless of their specialty. When implemented properly, dryland makes swimmers better athletes, have a higher reserve capacity and a higher potential at the end of a race. Whether it's the 50 Free or the Mile, resistance training is crucial to improving performance.
ADM Focus of the Month: Connection

USA Swimming's American Development Model (ADM) is a great tool coaches can reference to create:
  • Long-term athlete development plans
  • Design practice group structure
  • Evaluate overall development and progress of your swimmers

Within the six levels of ADM, there are four critical athlete-centered outcomes: Competence, Character, Confidence and Connection.

Over the last four months, we have focused on understanding these four outcomes to increase our knowledge on ADM. This month we will focus on Connection.

Connection centers around positive bonds and social relationships in and out of the pool. Within the six levels of Connection, clubs and coaches can use transitional indicators to further develop Commitment and Team Loyalty.
Join in the discussion on Wednesday, May 12th and learn from these amazing coaches about how they paved a career for themselves in the college ranks.
The Southern Zone Championships are coming up in July, and South Carolina Swimming is looking for coaches to be a part of
Team South Carolina. If you are interested, please see the zone team coach application below.
2021 Zone Team Application
The second round of 2021 zone team selection is now open. Applications will be considered until July 1st.
The Southern Zone Championships will be July 26-August 1 in Tupelo, MS.
Apply today!

South Carolina Swimming was well represented at this year's Open Water Junior National Championships in Fort Myers, FL. Hilton Head Aquatics' Skylar Bruner led the charge with a 14th place finish in the Women's 5k race. Team Greenville's Lilla Bognar was right behind in 16th place, turning in the 2nd fastest time for 14 year-olds. Hilton Head Aquatics' Blaise Minckler turned in a 39th place finish in the Men's 5k race.
Skyler Bruner, Lilla Bognar, Blaise Minckler
USA Swimming is introducing the 2021 Virtual Distance Challenge to provide more opportunities for age group swimmers across the country. The non-sanctioned 2021 Virtual Distance Challenge can be completed by any USA Swimming club and swimmers are eligible for the final results if submitted on time. All events must be swum between May 1-31, 2021. Clubs are allowed to host as many events as they want in order to comply with public health guidelines. All results must be submitted by June 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. MST to be counted in the final results.
Age Section:
Athletes age group is determined by their respective age on May 1, 2021.
Age Group Events Breakdown:
11-12: 1k 
13-14: 2k 
Open: 3k 
Open: 5k
South Carolina Swimming College Commitments
Cal Frame
South Carolina Swim Club
United States Merchant Marine Academy
Jack Doyle
Team Greenville
Boston College
Help us recognize and celebrate our college commitments. If you have swimmer who has recently committed to swim at the next level, please send in their information along with a quote and a photo to and we'll make sure to recognize them in the next newsletter.
South Carolina Swimming provides activities for both athletes and parents to raise awareness of
USA Swimming's Safe Sport program. Scan or click on the QR Code above to view and print out
Safe Sport activity pages for athletes and Safe Sport tips for parents.
South Carolina Swimming is now up to twelve Safe Sport certified clubs.

CA, CAT, AAYM, FAST, GVST, PALM, YSSC, SMRT, SWIM, SCSC, CAC & RAYS have all completed their Safe Sport certifications. For more information about becoming a Safe Sport certified club, visit the USA Swimming Safe Sport page or contact South Carolina Safe Sport coordinator Heather Alexander.

Clubs that are among the first 1500 nationwide to complete Safe Sport certification are eligible for the Keeping Athletes First Incentive. Clubs will be entered into a monthly drawing fro a visit from a U.S. National Team athlete. For more information, visit USA Swimming's Safe Sport Recognition page
Athlete Protection Training
All athletes age 18 & older must complete USA Swimming's Athlete Protection Training. For more information about completing APT, visit the USA Swimming Athlete Protection Training page.

Safe Sport Training Resources
USA Swimming Safe Sport staff has been hosting Zoom trainings for parents, minor athletes and coaches to assist clubs in completing the Training and Education requirement of the Safe Sport Club Recognition program. November trainings for parents, athletes & coaches are available:

Disability Committee Mission:  Empowering athletes of all abilities to compete and excel in the sport of swimming, promote access and inclusion in activities at all levels and encourage South Carolina Swimming athletes, coaches, officials and parents to become involved in building a community with equal opportunities for everyone.
The National Disability Committee will be hosting Central Zone Disability Chair
Susan Mechler to present: "My Swimmer with a Disability is Ready to Compete. Now What?"
Join in the discussion on Thursday, May 6th at 12:00 pm. to learn a collaborative framework of communication between coaches and meet referees as swimmers with a disability advance from practice to competition.
South Carolina Swimming is encouraging swimmers age 11-18 to consider participation with the 2021 South Carolina Zone Team in Tupelo, MS July 27-31, 2021. These swimmers will participate alongside our Age Group Zone Team at the Southern Zone Championships. As their events are run and scored separately during the meet, this presents a great opportunity for our disability swimmers to achieve recognition for their accomplishments.

If you have any swimmers who might be interested, please encourage them to look over the information below.

Para Swimming at the zone level is broken into three separate groups, each with their own set of Qualifying Times.

P1: Non-Ambulatory (wheelchair bound) - Limited Use of Extremities
P2: Dwarfism, multiple limb deficiencies, ambulatory with assistance, can be wheelchair bound with high functioning upper body.
P3: Single limb deficiencies, visual impairments, intellectual impairments, ambulatory without significant assistance. 
The 2021 USA Swimming Rulebook goes into effect on May 1st. USA Swimming sent out rulebooks to head coaches and meet referees.

Additional rulebooks may be purchased online at Swim Outlet.
2021 LSC Recertifications

This year is a recertification year for all SC officials meaning all officials will be required to take a recertification test for their highest level by 12/31/21. In lieu of the recertification test, the SC Officials Committee will be offering a recertification clinic this year at All-State (April 19-20). Officials attending this clinic will not be required to take a recertification test. Signup coming soon!
LSC Certification Advancement Clinics

If you are interested in taking an advanced clinic (chief judge, starter, deck referee, or admin official), please contact Jason Overby ( Virtual clinics are being regularly scheduled based on demand. Please consider advancement for the upcoming long course season.
2021 Non-Athlete Memberships
Don't forget to register for 2021!
Dolphin Timing System Waiver
USA Swimming has issued a waiver for the Dolphin Timing System in its semi-automatic mode (electronic start/manual stop) through August 31, 2021. 
The Manual Synchronized Start/Manual Stop is not approved as a semi-automatic system, but the manual start/stop is considered similar to traditional stopwatches and is acceptable for that use.  Please see the USA Swimming waiver found here.

Sport Development Club Visits
South Carolina Swimming's Sports Development Director Chip Holland is available to provide support for education, communication and leadership to coaches, swimmers and everyone involved with your club. To schedule a visit or meeting, fill out the Contact Information form found here.